Tag: Planning

Flight Review – Emirates First Class A380 LAX – Los Angeles to DXB – Dubai

We had so much fun on our last Emirates First Class trip that we decided to splurge and do it all over again. As you may recall from our past blog post, we had initially booked first class on the A380 but Emirates changed the aircraft on the Houston route to a 777, so we…
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February 19, 2019 0
The middle suite with the virtual windows

Flight Review – New Emirates First Class 777 DXB – Dubai to MLE – Male

After our flight from LAX – Los Angeles to DXB – Dubai, we spent a few nights in Dubai at the Al Maha Resort before flying to MLE – Male airport in the Maldives on the same reward ticket. Initially we were scheduled on the 777 with the old First Class configuration but a couple…
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February 19, 2019 0
Beach in the Maldives

Plan: The Maldives on a $500 budget per day

The Maldives conjures images of white sand beaches dotted with palm trees, bright aqua ocean water with coral reefs brimming with colorful fish and postcard sunsets from the beach or over the water villas.  With over 105 resorts scatted among 2,000 individual island, the Maldives is a bucket list destination where one can escape the confines of large resorts to experience a vacation as a castaway on a small island.  For budget travelers, it’s not the most cost-effective destination for the average tourist due to the high price of food and beverage, the additional costs of speedboat transfers or float plane tickets, the lack of cheap accommodation, and high taxes and fees added to everything.
In this post, I will share the table and criteria we used to compare 4 different hotel options in the Maldives to keep our costs at around $500USD per day.


December 18, 2018 2
Beach sunset at The Kahala

Planning a Hawaiian Vacation: Oahu vs Maui

Hawaii is one of those destinations that tops the bucket list of many travelers and most first-time visitors end up going to Oahu or Maui. While you can’t really go wrong with either island, they each have pros and cons depending on your expectations. In this post, we will compare each island and share considerations…
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September 20, 2018 5
View from Anan

72 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, the city where traffic never comes to a full stop is an assault on the senses. A little jet-lagged and excited, you get your first glimpse at street life  as you hop into a taxi and make your way to where you’re staying. The first time you’re out in the street,…
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September 1, 2018 4

Tips to Maximize Hotel and Airline Points for Travel

When we talk about airline and hotel points, we often think back to our first around the world trip in 2010 when we traveled for 3 months through 10 countries and pretty much stayed at hotels 4* and above the entire time with top-tier elite status in a major hotel rewards program which meant room…
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August 26, 2018 5
We Leave Today Trip Route Map: 19,143 miles over 10 segments

How We Use Points for Hotels and Flights – Last Year’s Trip

We often get asked how we travel so much, use points, and score such great deals. As a precursor to our blog post about tips to maximize points redemptions, we will share all the details about our annual extended vacation last October/November 2017 to give you an idea of the amount of planning it takes…
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July 10, 2018 2
Hawaiian Sunset

Destination Guide to Oahu: Waikiki and Beyond

As perpetual sun chasers, Oahu has become our most visited destination for trips ranging from 24-72 hours because there is a lot to do and see here. From hikes to beaches to museum and markets, it is possible to escape the crowds and the beaten path to find your own piece of paradise on the…
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June 6, 2018 0
Roma-Norte-Walking-Mexico

Mexico City: Walk, Eat, Drink and Repeat

Mexico City is a great place to just walk, eat, drink and repeat all day and you will not run out of options to try and you will most likely leave with unfinished business. In this post, I’ll share where we ate and drank and share some observations about personal safety and some tips for…
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April 4, 2018 1
Our Copa flight at PTY

Why Aeroplan Cancelled My Ticket Without Telling Me and Other Horror Stories!

As the date when Air Canada and Aeroplan end their agreement approaches quickly, we’ve been busy allocating our points to make the most of them in 2018 and 2019. Jason and I have a love – hate thing going with Aeroplan; it’s given us the opportunity to travel around the world affordably but has also…
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March 14, 2018 2